An arm lift, or brachioplasty, is performed to reduce excess fat on the arms and tighten the skin for a more contoured appearance. You may be an arm lift candidate if you have a significant amount of fat and saggy skin on your upper arms. The excess fat and skin tissue can be the result of various causes, including:
- Massive weight loss
- Certain medical conditions
While exercise might help improve the tone of the underlying muscles, no amount of arm exercise will make the fatty deposits and redundant skin tissues disappear. In order to remove the excess skin and fat, arm lift surgery is necessary.
The arm lift procedure is performed at our on-site, outpatient facility, with local anesthesia and IV sedation; performed by a certified anesthesiologist, and takes about two to three hours to complete. During arm lift surgery, we place an incision from the armpit to the elbow and remove most part of the fat, then we sculp the area to create a more youthful look. The scar from the incision is very discreet, and we will work to make it as light as possible.
During the recovery following the arm lift procedure, the patient will experience soreness, bruising and swelling. At our plastic surgery facility we will prescribe pain medications to relieve the pain. The swelling will begin to subside after a few days and should be completely resolved by two weeks following surgery, at which time the patient can return to work. Vigorous exercise should be avoided for one month.